Category Archives: Darwin

More “Before Auschwitz”

Here is another review of the book I noted in an earlier post.  Some quotes: “For this to work as intended, it is essential that one avoids what Hinlicky calls “the retrospective fallacy.” In studying the history of Nazism, all … Continue reading

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Ideas Have Consequences

This looks like a fascinating book, given the perspective and history of the author.  Here is a review where the author then responds.  From the review: “Hinlicky lays special stress on what he calls the ‘modernism’ of the Holocaust’ (108). … Continue reading

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An Intellectually Fulfilled…Theist

I have often thought, and I think some historians of science agree, that Darwin’s loss of faith was due more to the death of his daughter, than it was any certainty he put in some new found evidence, theory, or … Continue reading

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Darwin or Christ?

This looks promising.

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Sociobabology

Continuing on with Darwin’s Pious Idea, Sociobiology was introduced to the public in 1973 with E.O. Wilson’s Sociobiology: The New Synthesis. It was really an attempt to subsume all the behavioral sciences under the all encompassing canopy of biology, and, … Continue reading

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The Dark Side of Darwinism

One of the darker responses to Darwin’s theory was the eugenics movement. The term was coined by a cousin of Darwin’s, Francis Galton, and it means “born well.” Galton founded the Eugenics Education Society of London in 1907. Looking back … Continue reading

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The Natural (including evolution) Presupposes the Platonic

The third chapter of Darwin’s Pious Idea is entitled, Evolution: Making Progress? And, the answer is “yes.” Of course the chapter fleshes out what “progress” might mean and why some people (Gould) don’t like using that term. But at a … Continue reading

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Everything is Narrative

From Darwin’s Pious Idea: “Not only does an organism cause emergent features in the world (just as it too is an emergent entity), there can be no a priori limitation to what in fact emerges. We know that natural selection … Continue reading

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Darwin, meet Smith; Smith, meet Darwin

I’m currently reading Darwin’s Pious Idea, which I have referenced before. So far it is superb. As I make my way through it, I plan to post those bits and pieces I find interesting. The first chapter is entitled, Introducing … Continue reading

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Darwin’s Pious Idea

Here is the second part of the interview with author Conor Cunningham regarding his book, Darwin’s Pious Idea.

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